International Workers' Memorial Day (April 28)

This International Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28), COSLA’s politicians will join others around the world in remembering workers who have died as a result of a work-related injury and those who have suffered an occupational illness.

COSLA President, Councillor Alison Evison, will lead COSLA’s commemorations from her home this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

There will be a minute’s silence at the Workforce Issues Group which Alison Evison chairs and which is attended through internet link by the representatives of the Local Government workforce and their employers.

She said: “We will be holding a time of silence to show our respects to those who have tragically passed away or suffered a life-changing injury due to their employment.

“The International Workers’ Memorial Day slogan, ‘Remember the Dead; Fight for the Living’, is particularly important as workers across the country dedicate themselves to delivering services to our communities during this crisis.

“I would encourage others to unite and light a candle, not only in remembrance of those who have lost their lives, but to show our support for essential workers and the efforts being made to keep them safe at work during this unprecedented and challenging time.”

She continued: “I would also like to take this opportunity to again thank all the Local Government workers who are continuing to deliver essential services to our communities during the pandemic.

“Their dedication and commitment is greatly valued and appreciated.

“The safety of all our workforce is paramount, and COSLA will continue to work closely with the Scottish Government and the unions to support all our staff.”